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Yummy Plum Crumble

Crumbles are so popular when it comes to British desserts. Choose from apple crumble, apple and blackberry crumble, rhubarb crumble or this fantastic plum crumble recipe. This is perfect when you have a glut of fresh plums to use up. Perhaps they are on sale locally or one of your family, friends or neighbours are growing them. Whichever is the case, this recipe makes great use of fresh plums, teaming them with sugar, cinnamon, orange zest and a crunchy crumble top, to make the most mouth-watering dessert. This is traditionally served with custard or whipped cream, or even vanilla ice cream.

You will need cooking plums to make this delectable crumble, perhaps Victoria or dessert plums. You will also need light brown sugar, cinnamon and orange zest to complement the plums, along with flour and water to get the filling mixture just right. For the crumble: flour, butter, almonds, and 2 kinds of sugar come together to get the perfect texture and flavour result. Use half flour and half oats for a crunchier topping.

As for the garnish, we like to use plum slices and fresh mint sprigs, but it depends if you are making these in ramekins or one main dish. Make this crumble in ramekins and they will take about half an hour to bake. Use a larger dish and you can expect the cooking time to be closer to 40 minutes. Serve the plum crumble with custard, whipped cream or even your favourite good quality vanilla ice cream, for a dessert to remember.

Plum Crumble with Cinnamon and Orange
Summary: Deliciously sweet, juicy plums team with sugar, cinnamon, flour and orange. The crumble topping is made with flour, butter, almonds and sugar for perfect sweet harmony in every mouthful.
Cuisine: British
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 6
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  • 1¾ lbs (800g) ripe cooking plums, halved and stoned
  • 1¾ oz (50g) light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon plain flour (all-purpose flour)
  • Finely grated zest of an orange
  • 2 tablespoons water
For the Crumble
  • 8¾ oz (250g) plain flour (all-purpose flour) (or half flour and half oats, for more crunch)
  • 5¼ oz (150g) butter
  • 1¾ oz (50g) ground almonds
  • 2¾ oz (80g) brown sugar
  • 2¾ oz (80g) white sugar
Optional Garnishes
  • 6 thick plum slices
  • 6 small mint sprigs
  1. Heat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  2. Put the plums in an 11-inch (28cm) gratin dish or 6 individual ramekins.
  3. Combine the sugar, cinnamon, flour and orange zest.
  4. Sprinkle this over the plums.
  5. Drizzle over 2 tablespoons of water.
  6. Put the flour (or half flour and half oats), butter, almonds and sugar in a food processor for the crumble.
  7. Use the pulse button to whiz the ingredients until they mix clump together.
  8. Do not over-process this mixture.
  9. If you do not have a food processor, you can rub the butter into the flour with your fingers, then stir in other ingredients.
  10. Sprinkle the crumbs over the plums.
  11. Bake for 35 minutes or until golden brown.
  12. Let the dessert sit for 15 minutes to cool down a bit.
  13. Garnish if liked and serve with either custard or cream.

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Plum crumble always makes a perfect dessert whether you want something elegant, simple or just some yummy comfort food. We are using fresh plums, cinnamon, orange and flour. The crumble topping is crispy and tasty, and this dessert is especially amazing served with your choice of custard, cream or ice cream. The next time you find yourself with a glut of fresh plums, consider our fresh plum crumble recipe and everyone will love the amazing taste if offers. This recipe is popular all over the UK, and goes beautifully after any kind of main course.

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Christine Szalay-Kudra

Hi, my name is Christine and I would like to welcome you to TeaTime Recipes. Tea has always been a favourite of mine and I adore the tradition of serving this wonderful beverage with all kinds of little snacks both sweet and savoury. Read More